Friday, February 8, 2013

Undying Love in Lottawatah

Love is in the air? Brianna's not so sure. Celebrate Valentine's Day with the psychic from Lottawatah. Read an excerpt from UNDYING LOVE IN LOTTAWATAH
Chapter 1
The first valentine I ever received was from Charlie Riggins in first grade. It read, and I can still quote it in its entirety. "Roses are red, Violets are blue, I don't smell, but you sure do."

Needless to say the romance was over. My only regret was that I had given him my genuine fake three dollar bill that my great-uncle Sy had given me for Christmas that year. Needless to say I wasn't too fond of Sy either since even at the age of six, I knew there weren't any three dollar bills in circulation.

Anyway, my Momma always told me that Valentine's Day was a made-up Hallmark holiday and I shouldn't get swept up in the commercialization, yadda, yadda, yadda. To be honest, I often tuned out when my mother would get on her high horse about these issues. And let's be honest, the woman absolutely expected a card and an increasingly expensive present when the made-up holiday of Mother's Day popped up every May.

But I was trying to tamp down my expectations about Valentine's Day and my main squeeze, Deputy Cooper Jackson. He's not what I would call gift-imaginative. My Christmas present had been a bottle of J Lo's Miami Glow perfume and I wasn't sure what the message was since I immediately remembered that Charlie Riggins had made a comment about my smell too. Besides this cologne was a mixture of Pink Grapefruit, Coconut Water, Passion Fruit, Heliotrope, Sheer Amber, Crystal Musk, Vanilla Orchid and Blonde Woods, so essentially I was going to smell like a fruit bowl. His other gift was a new toaster oven because he likes English muffins in the morning and my toaster has two settings, light and burnt.

So like I said, I didn't have high hopes for Cupid's Day. And yet, it was less the pink frilly card that had me worried and more the deadline I had set for myself., After six months, I was still hanging around Lottawatah, Oklahoma, and it was time for me to figure out if I was staying or firing up Matilda, my motor home, and hitting the high road. I thought I'd make a decision by the first of the new year, but then had resolutely, pun intended, decided that Valentine's Day was the drop-dead deadline for the move it or lose it decision.

I was still muddling over the do I or don't I question, when a quick glance at the clock almost made the decision for me. If I was late for my job at Pearl's Soak & Spin one more time, I'd be unemployed and would almost certainly have to hit the road in search of gas and food money. Lottawatah's economy, if it ever had one, had crashed long before the rest of the nation. Jobs, as Miss Pearl had reminded me, didn't grow on trees. Although logging wasn't out of the question if push came to shove.

I grabbed my coat and dug my hands in the pockets for my gloves, and came up empty. I frantically looked around what is lovingly called the living room in Matilda (also known as the dining room, kitchen, and driver's seat), when I remembered that I'd left them the previous night at Cooper's apartment.

Mutt Jeffrey, the gravel-voiced host of the morning drive show, had already cheerfully informed me that it was going to be "downright cold" today. Mutt is happiest when the weather is at its worst. I had to walk a mile into town to get to the Soak & Spin, and wasn't looking forward to frozen fingers when I remembered an old pair of gloves that had belonged to my Great Aunt MaryEllen. They'd been passed down to my grandmother, MaryEllen's younger sister. I don't have many memories of my grandmother, except she had a gap between her two front teeth and could whistle loud enough with them to summon a cab from the next county. I'd tossed most of the old clothes, keeping only a few mementos in an old shoe box. I'd stored the chocolate brown, elbow-length cashmere gloves in Matilda's glove compartment. I had dreams of someday owning a dark mink coat to wear with them.

I pulled them on, flung open the door, and stepped out into the frigid Oklahoma air. A gust of wind nearly blew me over.

"Where's your hat? Your brain's gonna freeze."

I did a full 360 before I caught a glimpse of her. At first I thought it was Grandma, but ghosts usually appear as they did at death. Which is why wearing good clothes when you kick the bucket is always a plus. No this wasn't Grandma, although she had the same gap-toothed smile. Guess orthodontia wasn't a big priority during the Great Depression era, judging the date from the clothes. This was a woman about 60, wearing a brown-checked coat, felt cloche hat, and I'm pretty sure, a pair of brown cashmere gloves.

Crap. Hello ghost of Great Aunt MaryEllen. She'd died in the early '80s, hit by a cab while crossing the street.

"Don't be getting any dirt on those gloves. They're genuine cashmere, you know. Harry Grady brought them to me from the French Quarter in New Orleans."

Ghosts don't seem to be affected by the cold. MaryEllen was leaning casually against Matilda, looking like she had all the time in the world for a chat.

"Think you could walk with me." I motioned for her to follow. "I've got to get to work and I'm betting you have something you need to tell me."

Don't they all? Why on earth, pardon the pun, was Great Aunt MaryEllen, dead more than 30 years, picking a freezing winter day, with me late for work, to show up?

My name is Brianna Sullivan. I'm a psychic. My limited talents include communicating with ghosts, finding lost objects and people, and an occasional success with water well witching. I'd never planned on making a career of this woo woo stuff, but a girl's gotta eat.

Brianna Sullivan Mysteries - e-book series
I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
The Dog Days of Summer in Lottawatah- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
The Holiday Spirit(s) of Lottawatah- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Undying Love in Lottawatah- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
A Haunting in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Lottawatah Twister - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Missing in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Good Grief in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Summer Lightning in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords

The Ghosts of Lottawatah - trade paperback collection of the Brianna e-books
Book 1 - I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries (includes the first four Brianna e-books)
Book 2 - A Haunting in Lottawatah (includes the 5th, 6th, and 7th Brianna e-books)

Love Lessons - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords


  1. Well, the cover hooked me and the expert reeled me in. I've got to fire up my Nook.

  2. It's not easy for guys to be romantic, is it! I had to laugh at the Valentine you got form Charlie in the first grade. I don't remember any of mine from grammar school, but I know we all exchanged them. Too long ago!

    Morgan Mandel